If you have a legacy CD Baby Pro Publishing release, we will collect the publisher’s share of performance and mechanical royalties for compositions on behalf of songwriters. We collect these from the US and abroad via Performing Rights Organizations and other collection agencies. We also collect the label portion of any unclaimed* non-interactive digital performance royalties for sound recordings from SoundExchange.
Performance royalty sources (included but not limited to):
- Radio stations (terrestrial, satellite)
- TV stations (network, cable)
- Live venues (stadiums, bars, restaurants)
- Online streaming services (Spotify)
Mechanical royalty sources (included but not limited to):
- Interactive streaming services (Spotify)
- Sales of music outside the US (iTunes, Amazon)
Any royalties relating to the recorded performance of a song (e.g. SoundExchange) is not part of revenue generated by CD Baby Pro Publishing.
* We only collect unclaimed digital performance royalties for sound recordings. If you're already registered with SoundExchange, you will continue to be paid by them directly.
We do NOT collect royalties from podcasts.
According to our sister company Songtrust, at this point in time Podcasts, "do not generate performance and/or mechanical royalties." While there may be a fee that is paid to the owner of the song from the owner of the podcast, "there are no additional publishing royalties generated from the streaming or downloading of said podcast at the moment."
See more here: https://help.songtrust.com/knowledge/can-you-collect-royalties-from-podcasts
*The CD Baby Pro Publishing service was discontinued as of August 8th, 2023. Any paid release which was signed up for CD Baby Pro Publishing prior to August 8th, 2023 is considered a legacy Pro release and will continue to receive Pro Publishing services. CD Baby now offers a new expanded suite of revenue amplifiers called “CDB Boost” instead.